A look at Carlos Santana’s impressive exit velocity early

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    One of the best things about Statcast is that it gives us something worthwhile to talk about in the first week of the season. Wins and losses are just as important now as they are in September Frank White Jersey , but most individual player stats are worthless. You can’t tell much from the single statistic of hit or even a home run besides the fact that they probably hit the ball pretty well. The discussion starts and stops with “this thing happened” in each of those instances. Exit velocity is a whole different monster. Exit velocity is something that you can use on a case-by-case basis on its own to see what a player is doing — we can say without a shadow of a doubt that Carlos Santana has hit the ball really dang hard in his first few games. He might not for the whole season, but that’s okay. It’s more than just “he hit it,” instead it now becomes “did you see this fuckin guy hit a baseball 112.8 miles per hour, then follow that up with 108.3 miles per hour? Cripes!” I guess what I’m trying to say is: Our boy is back. Carlos Santana has made no secret about the fact he loves Cleveland, and is thrilled to be back with the Indians. Call it playing up the fans if you want, but at this year’s fan fest he told eager Tribe fans, “Last year I missed you guys. Right now, I’m so excited to be back to my natural home.” He had some equally rosy comments leading up to his free agency in 2017. Even after today’s game, where the Indians lost in devastating fashion to the lowly Chicago White Sox, Santana’s bat came through as one of the few bright spots. He told reporters after the game he’s enjoying the game of baseball, when he wasn’t before. He attributes his hot start to feeling comfortable in both body and mind. How do you not love him? Through the Indians’ first five games, Carlos Santana’s bat has been the lone light in the darkness for the Francisco Lindorless Tribe (Hanley Ramirez and his pair of home runs is a distant second). Sample sizes are still extremely small right now, which means it’s easy to do something like take a blanket look at how Carlos has hit every ball that he’s made contact with. So let’s do that. March 2899.8 mph flyout vs. Jose Berrios95.2 mph flyout vs. Jose BerriosMarch 30111.8 mph single vs. Blake Parker88.2 mph flyout vs. Trevor May76.5 mph pop out vs. Jake Odorizzi83.9 mph groundout vs. Jake OdorizziMarch 31112.8 mph double vs. Martin Perez108.3 mph single vs. Martin Perez99.9 mph single vs. Martin Perez102.6 mph single vs. Michael PinedaApril 1106.4 mph single vs. Ivan Nova79.0 mph GIDP vs. Ivan NovaApril 3110.1 mph single vs. Nate Jones99.4 mph groundout vs. Carlos Rodon81.3 mph flyout vs. Carlos Rodon84.7 mph single vs. Carlos RodonGo ahead and file that under “not bad.”In the March 31 game — a loss to the Twins — Santana held the mark for the four hardest-hit balls among Indians batters. That speaks to be how bad the Indians lineup is http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , sure, but it also shows the kind of great contact that Slamtana is making now that he’s back where he feels the most comfortable. Entering play today, Santana ranked sixth in average exit velocity at 97 miles per hour, and fifth in hard hit percentage at 66.7 percent.Similar to the dearly departed Yandy Diaz, though, Santana’s launch angle could use a boost as it sits at 10.2 heading into today (and his .500 batting average on balls in play probably isn’t going to stand forever).still, for this one fun little metric, in the silliest time of the year, Carlos Santana is doing something really, really well. Let’s enjoy that for a minute. MILWAUKEE (AP) — David Stearns doesn’t expect wholesale change for the Milwaukee Brewers after they fell a game short of the World Series.Milwaukee is set to return most of its roster after winning the NL Central in a tiebreaking 163rd game and pushing the Dodgers to Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain headline the group, with Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Orlando Arcia all under contract http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , too. That gives Milwaukee’s general manager reason for optimism long-term.“Those are players that performed on a big stage in October and have the ability to continue performing as Brewers in the future,” Stearns said. “We genuinely believe we are set up to succeed going forward.”Stearns also pointed to an abundance of young pitching. Rookie right-handers Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta pitched well down the stretch, and Woodruff and Burnes played crucial roles in the postseason. All three will be in the mix for a rotation spot with Jhoulys Chacin, Zach Davies and Chase Anderson. The wild card for that unit is Jimmy Nelson, a breakout ace in 2017 who missed all of this season following surgery on his right shoulder.The Brewers’ bullpen 1-2 punch of Josh Hader and Corey Knebel are also under team control for years to come.“We certainly like our numbers and we do feel we have depth at that position,” Stearns said. “We’re always going to look to get better. We’re always going to look to improve. But we think we have a number of high-upside, high-quality arms who are continuing to improve, and some who are entering that sweet spot in their careers. That’s fun for us to see.”The team has just three free agents — late-season acquisitions Wade Miley, Gio Gonzalez and Curtis Granderson. Miley was a major contributor, going 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 starts during the regular season and then pitching masterfully in the postseason.Mike Moustakas and Joakim Soria have mutual options for $15 and $10 million, respectively, and Jeremy Jeffress and Jordan Lyles have club options for 2018.Moustakas seemed a strange fit when Milwaukee acquired him from Kansas City prior to the trade deadline because the team already had Shaw entrenched at third base. But Shaw held his own after moving to second Alcides Escobar Jersey , and Moustakas came through with some timely postseason hits after delivering eight homers, 33 RBIs and a .767 OPS in the regular season.“There is a reason why he has the reputation he has as a big game player,” Stearns said. “We’re happy to have him.”Jonathan Schoop didn’t fare as well after he was acquired from Baltimore. He batted .202 with four home runs and 21 RBIs for Milwaukee and went hitless with three strikeouts in eight postseason plate appearances.Schoop is still under team control for next season, but after earning $8.5 million in 2018, he might be a non-tender candidate.“He has had really impressive stretches throughout his career, and unfortunately for both him and us, we didn’t see one of those stretches when he was a Brewer,” Stearns said. “We’ll sit down to see if we can determine why, and then we’ll go forward.”

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